It's a very powerful story and message. Often times we get caught up in our daily lives and sometimes think we have it bad. IMO...that story is a reality check and gives ya pause to think about what real suffering is, what courage is, what devotion to duty is and the sacrifices of those who went forward to do their jobs.
Special men. My Dad survived Iwo but lost his 18 year old younger brother there. Five years later he lost his next youngest brother in Korea. Monday is a very special day and I’m glad to see we still honor those that gave all.
Here is another one with a first person account from famous actor Charles Durning who was at Normandy on D-Day. This is a tough one to watch. There are quite a few of these PBS Memorial Day shows retelling the stories of yesteryear.
I haven't shed tears like that in many years, actually since Memorial Day '85 and '91.
I was assigned to Florennes AB in 84/85 and attended a Memorial Service at the Mardasson Memorial in Bastogne BE (followed by visits to several US Cemeteries surround Bastogne. The most striking (and life changing) thing about the Mardasson was the names of each Soldier and Marine who gave their lives during the Battle of the Buldge, along with the state they were from and the date of their death. It truly life gave real meaning to those words "All gave some, Some gave all". I was moved beyond words and returned to the museum many times to read the history of the battle. I was privileged to have met a couple of men who served and fought in the Ardennes as they visited and remembered those events from 4 decades earlier.
In 91, I was stationed at Shemya AB, in the Aleutians and found myself reading the book "Thousand Mile War, the Battle of the Aleutians", and later met several of men who fought the battle to re-take Attu Island from the enemy.
Listening to these heros recount the battle and seeing the pain their memories raised made me realize that this was, without a doubt the greatest generation.
Hopefully folks so inclined have their American Flags out. There are some great movies on today on the TCM channel. 8:00pm EST "The Best Years Of Our Lives" is on. Excellent movie about vets trying to fit back into society after the war. Another great movie that was on is "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo".